Big City Improv Festival, Toronto, Oct 14-22 2016

Short-form: Finding the Scene within the Game

w/ Laura Tennisco (Calgary)

Up your short-form game! This workshop focuses on taking care of the story within game structures and generating truthful, grounded reactions to silly situations. Learn how to play the game, but also play relationship, character arc and story. There will be lots of side coaching and individualized feedback.

Laura Tennisco is the Artistic Director of Obviously Improv in Calgary and a member of Notorious, and Loose Moose Theatre Company. She has been an avid improviser in Calgary for thirteen years and has played across Canada, the US and Scandinavia. Laura is co-founder and educational director at the Calgary Improv School. As an educator, she specializes in offering personalized feedback and she is passionate about promoting opportunity and allies for women in improv.

Fri, Oct 21st 3:00-6:00pm BUY

The Second City Training Centre (map)
Some improv experience recommended
Capacity 14 students
$45
After payment, please register

The First Twenty Seconds

w/ Vinny Francois (Montreal)

So many decisions are made at the beginning of a scene. Offers can fly right by if you aren’t paying attention. Or maybe you're making an offer you aren't even aware of. Learn how to pay attention with all of your senses and to bring unconscious choices to your conscious attention so you can play from a place of power and intention. We will cover: the subtle physical and emotional offers that are easily missed, how to pay attention off the top of the scene, how to build detail on top of detail so that the scene flows organically and fluidly. Perform an exercise called The Scene-Start Blow-Up.

Vinny is an improv teacher, performer, director at Montreal Improv. He is a producer for Mprov: The Montreal Improv Festival and co-created the improv suggestion site can-i-get-a.com. He runs Canada's biggest scavenger hunt, Impossible Montréal and curates the blog Gems of Wikipedia. He has also written for McSweeney's.

Sat, Oct 22nd 11-2pm BUY

The Second City Training Centre (map)
Some improv experience recommended
Capacity 12 students
$45
After payment, please register

Felt Tips

w/ John Gebretatose (Minneapolis)

This improv workshop focuses on emotions as a focal tool to help free your brain from stressing out over what to do or say. We will use emotions as a compass to start scenes and also as a way to create momentum and energy to move your scenes along with direction. Emotions are a universal language, use them to add truthfulness, clarity, power and depth.

John has trained and worked at Brave New Workshop. He has performed Stand Up in Minneapolis for over 9 years. He is currently part of the improv troupe Blackout, and Wonderful Wonderful. He directs improv troupe With The Fur, and and teaches at HUGE Improv Theater. He is the founder and creator the Black and Funny Improv Festival.

Sat, Oct 22nd 2:30-5:30pmBUY

The Second City Training Centre (map)
Some improv experience recommended
Capacity 14 students
$45
After payment, please register


FREEBIES

Women in Comedy

Top of the game, get to know their name. This panel discussion will feature notable women in the comedy community who are doing their thang to be a force on the stage and beyond. Featuring current members of The Second City, Bad Dog Repertory Players, The Sketchersons, and a Baroness. Prepare to be inspired!

Featuring: Jan Caruna, Lisa Merchant, Ify Chiwetelu, Allison Hogg, Jenn Whalen, Jaime Moyer, Maribeth Monroe, Paloma Nunez, Julie Dumais Osborne, Monica Heisey. Hosted by Nelu Handa.

Sat, Oct 22nd 4:00-5:30pmFREE

The Second City Training Centre (map)
Who’s this for: Anyone looking to be inspired by these boss ass bitches.
What to expect: A moderated panel discussion with time for audience Q&A